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Pre-Game Capsule: Coyotes vs. Golden Knights

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

GAME 26:

Coyotes (6-16-3) vs. Golden Knights (14-6-1)

Arizona will attempt to win the second game of a back-to-back set when they host Vegas on Saturday night in Glendale. The Coyotes beat Los Angeles, 3-2 in overtime, on Friday night on home ice.

WHERE: Gila River Arena

WHEN: 6 p.m. (AZ time)

TV: FOX Sports Arizona 



• The Coyotes have posted a 4-1-0 record in their past five games and have allowed just 10 goals during that stretch.

• Arizona is 0-1-1 vs. Vegas this season, including an overtime loss to their new rival in the home opener on Oct. 7. The Golden Knights outscored the Coyotes, 7-3, in the two games. James Neal scored the game-winning goal for Vegas in both games.

• Scott Wedgewood will start in goal for the Coyotes. Wedgewood stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced in a 3-2 overtime win over Los Angeles on Friday night. Wedgewood played back-to-back games for the Coyotes once before, on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31, and stopped 63 of 70 shots in the two games - a win at Philadelphia and a loss at Detroit. Marek Langhamer will again be Wedgewood's backup as Antti Raanta recovers from an upper-body injury suffered on Wednesday vs. San Jose.

• Brendan Perlini has scored a goal in three consecutive games and ranks second on the team with seven goals in 19 games. His 17.9 shooting percentage leads the Coyotes.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson has notched at least one point in four consecutive games and has tallied two power-play goals this week alone. With 92 career goals, OEL needs just three to tie Dave Ellett for second place on the franchise's list for goals scored by a defenseman. Teppo Numminen tops that list with 108.

Derek Stepan will enter the game with a season-high five-game point streak. Stepan's career-high point streak is seven games, set in 2014-15 with the New York Rangers.

• The expansion Golden Knights have won four games in a row and are in first place in the Pacific Division with 29 points, two more than second-place Los Angeles. Like Arizona, Vegas played Friday night on home ice and won in overtime; the Golden Knights beat San Jose 5-4. Vegas has lost just six of 21 games in regulation, but five of those losses came on the road. William Karlsson and James Neal co-lead the team with 12 goals each.  

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